£1.5m project starts this month to prevent flooding on A27

Breakdown workers preparing to haul out of the sea one of the cars involved in an accident on the Havant by-pass

THIS WEEK IN 1970: Havant by-pass cars plunge into the sea

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LONG-awaited drainage improvements will be made to prevent flooding on a stretch of the A27.

The Highways Agency is due to start a £1.5m scheme on November 26 to improve drainage equipment between the Fishbourne and Portfield roundabouts, Chichester.

Anita Waterton, who is helping lead the project, said: ‘Drainage on this section of the A27 needs to be upgraded so it can better cope with heavy rainfall. By improving the drainage we will reduce the likelihood of emergency closures in the future.

‘To carry out the work safely we will need to have narrow lanes on part of the A27, and some overnight closures to install and remove those, and we will need to temporarily close some lay-bys.’

The work is set to go on until February. Narrow lanes will be used during the day to allow two lanes to remain open to traffic in both directions. Overnight closures are planned for November 26, 27, December 20, January 3, 4, and 5 and February 8 and 9.

An exhibition about the project will be held at Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester, between 4pm and 7pm next Tuesday.